Employment

Manhattan Country School faculty and staff work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, warmth and commitment to the vision and mission of the school. Our community of more than 50 employees, in New York City and at our 180-acre farm in the Catskills, mirror the diversity of our student body. 

Current job openings are listed below. Application instructions are provided within each job posting. 

Manhattan Country School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies.
MCS supports teacher-training programs at Bank Street College, City College, New York University and Teachers College, Columbia University, among others, so there are opportunities each year for assistant, student and intern teachers in many of our classrooms, as well as at the MCS Farm. Résumés and cover letters for these positions are accepted in the early spring for the following school year. To be considered, please email Human Resources

Current Employment Opportunities

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Upper School Science Teacher

    Manhattan Country School seeks a full-time Assistant Teacher in the younger classes for the 2022-2023 school year.

    About the School
    Manhattan Country School seeks an experienced Science Teacher to teach a progressive, lab-based curriculum with a social justice lens to 6th through 8th grade students. The Upper School science curriculum focuses on providing experiences and teaching skills for inquiry-based science education that is rooted in the scientific method. The Next Generation Science Standards are a guideline for curriculum development, as is a focus on STEAM. Seminar classes in 7th and 8th grades explore science-related topics, such as environmental mapping and equity or coding. The science teacher also works closely with the Lower School science and Farm teachers to shape a program that fosters children’s connections to nature and supports sustainability initiatives consistent with our mission. The science teacher will work closely with the Upper School Assistant Director on curriculum development, and meet regularly with and report to the Upper School Director.
     
    The Science Teacher is an educator who 
    • has full-time teaching experience 
    • preferably has a Masters degree in science or science education
    • has strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
    • provides examples of innovative pedagogy to promote inquiry and learning in adolescents and evidence of capable writing
    • commands a range of teaching methods to meet different learning needs
    • integrates technology, including Excel, Google applications, Chromebooks, projectors, etc. 
    • works closely with a dedicated team of teachers, the learning specialists, the Upper School Director, and Assistant Director 
    • takes initiative, has a sense of humor, and demonstrates strong listening and communication skills
    • preferably has familiarity with engineering and coding and/or robotics
    • preferably has prior experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism

    The Science Teacher is committed to equity and inclusion by
    • collaborating with colleagues to ensure equitable practices in the classroom
    • acknowledging and celebrating student diversity in the classroom
    • learning about the representation of people of color in the scientific world and the use of gender-inclusive language in biology and other areas of science
    • being anti-racist in their approach toward pedagogy and curriculum development

    The responsibilities and duties of the Science Teacher include
    • teaching 6th grade earth science and 7th/8th grade life and physical science 
    • advising students and communicating with families, including writing reports and leading conferences
    • accompanying students on at least one week-long trip to the school’s Catskills farm
    • teaching 6th-8th grade electives
    • fulfilling other various duties, including lunch and park coverage
    • collaborating with the 7th and 8th grade team to sustain a dynamic program and develop interdisciplinary collaborations, including the 7th and 8th grade Activism Project
    • thinking about the visibility of the science program for MCS families and the wider community

    Manhattan Country School is a Pre-K-8th grade all-gender school in New York City recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, and an environmental literacy program that features a working farm in the Catskills. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, Manhattan Country School is unique among New York City independent schools. Our educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the exuberance and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued, and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice.

    To apply:
    Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and contact information for three references to Human Resources at HR@manhattancountryschool.org and include “Upper School Science Teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls please. 
    As part of the interview process for this position, we will ask candidates to demonstrate their teaching experience as well as their content knowledge. 
     
    Manhattan Country School is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply.
     
    For more information about Manhattan Country School, see www.manhattancountryschool.org
  • Pre-K - 8th Grade Music Teacher

    Manhattan Country School seeks a Music Teacher who will work four to five days a week to oversee the music program. The Music Teacher will conduct weekly classes with 4-5s through 8th grade. The person in this role will also teach the recorder to the 8-9s and 9-10s. A variety of music electives (i.e., music theory, introduction to opera, ensemble singing, musical theater) are offered to 6th through 8th grade students. Additionally, the Music Teacher will coordinate the music for school assemblies, concerts, and/or other events. They will have the opportunity to take a close look at the arc of our music program and help to develop it in ways that are aligned with the school’s mission. The Music Teacher will work closely with the Program Team and report to the Upper School Assistant Director.
     
    At Manhattan Country School, students are introduced to music through a multicultural repertoire of songs related to the school’s mission, as well as dance and other forms of movement. Reading music and music theory are introduced in 3rd grade, which we call the 8-9s to designate the age group. 

    The Music Teacher is an arts educator who 
    • acknowledges and appreciates the diversity among all students and works collaboratively with colleagues to promote joy and learning through music
    • innovates the school’s music program while preserving the tradition of singing songs related to the importance of the principles of civil rights  
    • has a college degree and/or Masters in Music or Music Education
    • fluently reads music at an advanced level
    • arranges and transposes music to adjust as needed for student voices
    • plays piano and/or portable accompaniment instruments
    • teaches harmony and rounds in 2, 3 and 4 parts  
    • incorporates movement/dance within the program
    • has relevant training in Kodaly, Orff, or Dalcroze methods
    • has prior experience in early childhood music and choral conducting and teaching
    • has an interest in and understanding of progressive education pedagogy
    • has prior experience working with students ages 4-14
    • has familiarity with multicultural choral repertoire—social justice repertoire a plus
    • has demonstrated experience producing collaborative community events that integrate music

    The Music Teacher is committed to equity and inclusion by
    • collaborating with colleagues to ensure equitable practices in music programming
    • acknowledging and celebrating student diversity in the classroom
    • developing a music program that highlights the rich tapestry of diversity and celebrates all musical traditions

    The responsibilities and duties of the Music Teacher include
    • teaching music, chorus, recorder, and elective classes 
    • organizing and helping to lead school assemblies
    • collaborating with the Lower School and Upper School teachers to sustain a dynamic program and develop interdisciplinary collaborations 
    • communicating with families, including writing reports with care, professionalism, and punctuality
    • attending weekly staff meetings, one-on-one meetings with supervisor, and other periodic meetings and school events 
    • fulfilling various other duties, including lunch and arrival/dismissal coverage
    • working with an 8th grade play director in May and June to support musical needs for the end-of-year play as needed

    Manhattan Country School is a Pre-K-8th grade all-gender school in New York City recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, and an environmental literacy program that features a working farm in the Catskills. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, Manhattan Country School is unique among New York City independent schools. Our educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the exuberance and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued, and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice.

    To apply:
    Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and contact information for three references to Human Resources at HR@manhattancountryschool.org and include “Music Teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls please. 
    As part of the interview process for this position, we will ask candidates to demonstrate their teaching experience as well as their musical expertise and skills. 
    Manhattan Country School is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.  Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

    For more information about Manhattan Country School, see www.manhattancountryschool.org


  • Director of Communications

    About the School
    Manhattan Country School, a progressive pre K-8th grade coed school located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, seeks a full-time Director of Communications.

    Currently in an exciting time of growth amid a capital campaign to double school enrollment and fund expansion and renovations at both the city and farm campuses, the Director of Communications will play a key role in furthering the strategic goals of the school’s long-term vision. In addition to skills in photography, videography, graphic design, and social media management, they should possess the ability to clearly and compellingly articulate the ways in which MCS’s pedagogy is academically rigorous through its use of social and environmental justice curriculum, models of activism and experiential learning. 

    Reporting to the Director of the school, the Director of Communications Responsibilities Include:

     Summary of the Position:
    • Plan and execute strategic communications for all constituents (current and prospective families, alumni, donors, faculty/staff and general public)
    • Work with the Head of School on all community messages, crisis communications, and branding
    • Cultivate a dynamic communications calendar that works in conjunction with planned fundraising and community events, including arranging for media coverage where appropriate
    • Create original content for digital and print media that is proofread, edited and fact-checked, including email/news announcements, social media posts, and short and long form articles for the website
    • Attend and document (photos and video) school and community events with an eye toward utilizing these opportunities to demonstrate MCS’s commitment to superior quality progressive education
    • Compile a bi-weekly newsletter, Nuestra Semana en MCS, showcasing curricular activity at the city and Farm campuses. 
    • Author and design annual publications related to community events
    • Work with the Admissions and Finance Departments to ensure consistency in messaging and marketing strategies for student recruitment and retention, fundraising, events and special programs
    • Work with the Advancement Department on all event marketing and materials related to the MCS Fund and Capital Campaign
    • Work with the Operations Team on the annual school calendar
    • Manage the school’s website and social media platforms (gathering and updating content, curating and archiving photos and videos, drafting text for posts, tracking analytics, etc.)
    • Serve as lead contact for MCS website and SMS, Blackbaud
    • Work with outside vendors to coordinate print, design, photography, etc. 

    Qualifications:

    • Commitment to the MCS mission and core values
    • Minimum of six (6) years professional experience in communications and marketing, journalism or a related field (experience at a school or nonprofit preferred)
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including knowledge of AP style
    • Strong research skills and the ability to draw upon multiple sources to craft a comprehensive narrative
    • Knowledge of and facility with website content management systems, SEO and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn)
    • Familiarity with progressive educational pedagogy (prior writing on the subject preferred)
    • Demonstrated ability to track and manage multiple projects on differing timelines
    • Experience working collaboratively in an inclusive community
    • Sensitivity to socio-economic diversity
    • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
    • Strategic planning and communications experience preferred
    • Graphic design skills (proficiency in Photoshop and InDesign) preferred
    • Photography experience preferred


    To Apply:
    Please send a cover letter and resume to HR@manhattancountryschool.org

    Manhattan Country School is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.  Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply.
  • Annual Fund & Campaign Manager

    About the School
    Manhattan Country School, a progressive pre K-8th grade coed school located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, seeks an Annual Fund and Campaign Manager.

    MCS enters the first full year of an ambitious comprehensive campaign. The Annual Fund and Campaign Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management, coordination, and execution of MCS’s comprehensive campaign. This position is both strategic and tactical, incorporating all components of a comprehensive campaign from the major and leadership gifts phase through the launch and implementation of the public phase. The Campaign Manager will be responsible for shaping donor stewardship efforts, deepening the prospective donor pipeline, and maintaining accurate and up-to-date information on campaign goals, donors, and prospects. While we envision the Campaign Manager as a role that may grow into a more senior position on the Advancement team over time, the scope of his/her work is focused within the five-year comprehensive campaign timeline. 
     
    Reporting to the Director of the school and partnering alongside the Director of Advancement, the Annual Fund and Campaign Manager Responsibilities Include:

     Summary of the Position
    • Collaborate with the Director of Advancement, Head of School, and Campaign Cabinet on campaign strategy and goal setting
    • Closely partner with Director of Advancement to develop and drive forward major gifts pipeline
    • Execute comprehensive campaign strategy and ensure thorough and accurate research, objectives, and talking points for campaign meetings
    • Perform prospect research using a range of online tools and develop robust prospect profiles of both current and prospective donors
    • Continually refine the annotated table of gifts, prospect pipeline, and master prospect list
    • Maintain list of recognition opportunities, gift acceptance policies, and pledge agreements
    • Prepare and execute all campaign leadership meetings including the development of agendas, presentations, talking points, and follow up
    • Collaborate with Advancement and Communications teams to produce all campaign collateral and correspondence including case materials, brochures, presentations, and newsletters
    • Partner with key MCS staff to develop and coordinate all campaign cultivation and recognition events 
    • Provide necessary campaign updates and numerical analysis to the Campaign Cabinet and MCS leadership, including the Board of Trustees
    • Maintain a comprehensive campaign timeline
    • Partner with Advancement Consultant to input campaign activity, as needed, into Raiser’s Edge database 
    • Develop and execute Annual Fund strategy in alignment and partnership with Director of Advancement, including but not limited to the Fall Appeal, Giving Tuesday, Annual Phone-a-thon, LYBUNT outreach, SYBUNT outreach, recurring donor outreach, and EOY mailing and pledge fulfillments

    Qualifications

    • Commitment to the MCS mission and core values
    • Minimum of six (6) years professional development experience and track record of fundraising success 
    • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including knowledge of AP style
    • Strong research skills and the ability to draw upon multiple sources to craft a comprehensive narrative
    • Demonstrated strength in internal and external communications
    • Strong interpersonal skills and collaborative working style 
    • Ability to effectively use a variety of computer programs and software; experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred
    • Demonstrated ability to track and manage multiple projects on differing timelines
    • Experience working collaboratively in an inclusive community
    • Sensitivity to socio-economic diversity

    To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter to Human Resources at HR@manhattancountryschool.org .

    Manhattan Country School is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply.


  • Operations Manager & Executive Assistant to Head of School

    About the School
    Manhattan Country School (MCS) is a PreK-8th grade co-educational, independent school in NYC recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, and an environmental literacy program that features a working farm in the Catskills. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, Manhattan Country School is unique among NYC independent schools. MCS’ educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the exuberance and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice. www.manhattancountryschool.org 
     
    The Operations Manager and Executive Assistant to the School Director is responsible for providing comprehensive support to the School Director, Board of Trustees, and Senior Leadership Team and managing the school’s overall operations. This dynamic position requires the ability to anticipate needs, think critically, and offer solutions to problems with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality. 
     
    Duties and Responsibilities: 
    The Executive Assistant to the School Director will be responsible for the following scope of work: 
    • Supervise and manage the Food and Facilities Teams and collaborate closely with Enrollment and Operations Support Manager including responsibilities like assisting with transportation support 
    • Oversee day-to-day operations including repair issues, building inspections, program related issues, and other emergencies as they arise
    • Plan and coordinate school-wide events with relevant MCS staff, including: Advancement, Admissions and Enrollment, Program Team, and Communications
    • Provide sophisticated calendar management for the School Director. Prioritize inquiries and requests while troubleshooting conflicts; make judgements and recommendations to ensure smooth day-to-day engagements.
    • Act as a liaison and provide support to the Board of Trustees. Arrange and handle all logistics for Board meetings and events: schedule meetings; draft agendas; develop, compile, and distribute presentation materials; and record meeting minutes on behalf of the Board Secretary. Adhere to compliance with applicable rules and regulations set in bylaws regarding Board matters. 
    • Complete a broad variety of administrative tasks that facilitate the School Director’s ability to effectively lead the school, including: assisting with special projects; designing and producing complex documents, reports, and presentations; collecting and preparing information for meetings with staff and external stakeholders; composing and preparing correspondence; maintaining contact lists; and making travel arrangements 
    •  Serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders on all matters pertaining to the School Director, including those of a highly confidential or critical nature. Prioritize and determine appropriate course of action, referral, or response, exercising judgment to reflect the mission of the school,  School Director’s style and school policy.
    • Work closely with the School Director to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately. Act as a "curator," having a sense for the issues taking place in the environment and keeping the School Director updated. Anticipate the School Director’s needs in advance of meetings, conferences, etc. 
    • Coordinate all Senior Leaders meetings and retreats and assist with staff meetings and events as needed. 
    • Work with the Senior Leaders to coordinate the School Director’s outreach activities. Follow up on contacts made by the School Director to cultivate ongoing relationships. 
    • Manage all aspects of the school's office services. Evaluate and assist in developing office policies and procedures for improved work flow and anticipate future needs as the school grows. Assist in the selection of vendors and purchase equipment, services, and supplies necessary for operation of the school.
    • Provide hospitality to all visitors and help to create a welcoming environment. 
    • Other projects/duties as assigned for the overall benefit of the school.
    Qualifications: 
    • Strong ability to execute work with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens.
    • Significant executive support experience, including supporting C-level executives. Nonprofit board experience is highly-preferred.
    • Expert proficiency with Google Suite; ability to design and edit graphic presentations and materials.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • Exceptional organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail.
    • High degree of professionalism in dealing with diverse groups of people, including Board members, senior leaders, staff, community leaders, donors, and funded partners.
    • Make appropriate, informed decisions regarding priorities and available time.
    • Ability to complete a high volume of tasks and projects with little or no guidance.
    • Ability to react with appropriate levels of urgency to situations and events that require quick response or turnaround.
    • Able to maintain a high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information.
    • Excellent judgment is essential.
    • Ability to switch gears at a moment’s notice. 
     
    MCS offers a competitive compensation package, commensurate with the level of experience, plus benefits. 
     
    To Apply:
    Please send a cover letter and resume to HR@manhattancountryschool.org. Manhattan Country School is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.  Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply.
  • Lower School Assistant Teacher

    Manhattan Country School seeks a full-time Assistant Teacher in the younger classes for the 2022-2023 school year.

    About the School
    Manhattan Country School is a pre-K - 8th grade elementary school in New York City that is recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, social justice activism, and an emphasis on environmental education that features a working farm in the Catskills in Roxbury, N.Y. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, MCS is unique among NYC independent schools. MCS’ educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the excitement and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice.

    Assistant Teachers work full-time with a mentor teacher. Assistants are hired for one year and may apply for a second year. Assistant Teachers report to the Lower School Assistant Director.  

    Responsibilities and Duties:
    • Supports in maintaining the classroom effectively
    • Helps to design and implement an interdisciplinary curriculum
    • Provides differentiated instruction to varying learning modalities
    • Writes progress reports
    • Communicates with parents/guardians
    • Prepares for and attends parent-teacher conferences
    • Attends weekly faculty meetings, other periodic meetings, and school events, such as Curriculum Night and Open House
    • Fulfills other various duties, including lunch and park coverage
    Requirements and Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Enrollment in (or completion of) a teacher training program, such as a Master’s program
    • Previous experience in elementary school classrooms, preferably in early childhood, such as student teaching or assistant teaching 
    • Commitment to working in a multicultural learning environment that necessitates flexibility, ability to work collaboratively, and a desire to enhance professional growth
    To apply: 
    Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and contact information for three references to Human Resources at HR@manhattancountryschool.org with “Lower School Assistant Teacher” in the subject line. We are not able to receive phone call inquiries at this time.
     
    Manhattan Country School is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Women, Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

    For more information about Manhattan Country School, see www.manhattancountryschool.org

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